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Stretching and spacing text in Microsoft Word

Jason Morrell

by Jason Morrell 
May 6, 2020

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When creating a title or heading, most people simply choose a large font size. While this is okay, you can add a touch of professionalism by STRETCHING or SPACING the text. Both OPTIONS are found in the same dialog box.

1.  Select the text.

2.  Select the Home tab.

3.  Click the launcher in the bottom-right of the Font group. 

The launcher

4.  In the Font dialog select the Advanced tab.

1. How to stretch text

Click the Scale drop-down arrow and choose (or type) a larger percentage.

100% is normal width, 200% is double width and so on.

2. How to compact text

Enter a smaller percentage in the Scale box.

For example, 75% will compact the width to ¾ of normal size.

3. How to add extra space between each letter (character) in the text

1.  Choose Expanded from the Spacing drop-down list.

2.  Enter a point size in the By box.

For example, if you are using font size 20 and you expand the spacing by 10 points, you will add half a character width between each letter.

4. How to make the letters fit tighter together:

1.  Choose Condensed from the Spacing drop-down list.

2.  Enter a point size in the By box.

What font / size / scale / spacing combos work for you.? 

Here are some other advanced text effects you may be interested in.

Please feel free to post any questions you have into the comments below. And before you leave this page, I want to give you one quick little action item! 

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Jason loves to simplify the hard stuff, cut the fluff and share what actually works. Things that make a difference. Things that slash hours from your daily work tasks. He runs a software training business in Queensland, Australia, lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and 4 kids and often talks about himself in the third person!

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